Unfortunately, car accidents are a daily occurrence. Without much warning, serious injuries and fatalities may result from car accidents. When a driver negligently or recklessly caused a car accident that wrongfully claims the life of a family member, legal protections and options may be available to surviving family members.
One of the worst things that can happen to a family is to have a loved one involved in a drunk driver related incident. Families suffering from the loss of a loved one following a drunk driving accident should not unnecessarily suffer financial damages in the midst of the emotional challenges they are facing. Victims injured by a drunk driver may also face physical, financial and emotional challenges as well and should understand ways to work through the aftermath of the accident.
Sometimes more than one party may be to blame when an accident, such as a car accident, occurs. One party, however, may share the majority of the blame and leave a victim badly injured or otherwise harmed. Victims of car accidents may think that they cannot pursue a claim for the liability of the careless or negligent party if they were partly responsible for the accident, but that is not necessarily true.
As last week's blog discussed, distracted driving is a serious concern which can lead to car accidents. As a society, we are improving our understanding of what distracted driving is and the dangerous impact it can have. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that nine victims are killed each day in the United States in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In addition, more than 1,153 victims are injured each day in the United States in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
We have all likely heard discussions concerning the dangers of distracted driving on the television news or at the water cooler at work. According to research, using electronic devices, such as cell phones, while driving increases the chance of a car accident by three times. There are a variety of different types of distracted driving which can include physical, visual and mental distractions while driving.
Car accidents can happen anywhere and at any time of the day or night. Oklahomans see their share of car accidents on a regular basis. Some are caused by road or weather conditions, but many others are the result of negligence. When negligence is a factor in a car accident, victims or surviving family members of victims may be entitled to compensation through personal injury or wrongful death claims.
Many of our readers may know that car accidents are the most common type of traffic accidents in the United States. In Oklahoma alone an estimated 28,000 people suffer from debilitating injuries or death as a result of these accidents every year. People who have been involved in car collisions and only suffered minor injuries may consider themselves lucky, as many car accidents often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. Those injuries can cause temporary or permanent disability.
Sometimes car accidents seem to occur out of the blue, and some of those crashes take lives unexpectedly and with tragic consequences. That seems to have been the case recently north of Crescent in Logan County, approximately 40 miles north of Oklahoma City.
Nevada drivers and passengers know there is the risk of a traffic accident in almost any situation on the road, but drunk drivers and the hit-and-run car accidents they often cause can put people at additional risk of serious injuries.